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Incorporating Ethics into Emergency Planning and Response to Ensure Health Equity


Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Dave Ramsey (McKing)



Tuesday August 23, 2011 from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM EDT

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Join us on Tuesday, August 23th, 2011 2:00 PM (ET) for a special webinar presentation "Incorporating Ethics into Emergency Planning and Response to Ensure Health Equity."


This seminar will focus on the incorporation of ethics into emergency planning and response to promote health equity. A local jurisdiction’s approach to the development of an ethics framework will be highlighted, and an example of equitable distribution of vaccine with hospitals and culturally-specific communities will be described.


Participants will understand and discuss the integration of ethics into emergency planning/response to promote health equity via:

  • An ethics framework for community-level decision-making
  • An approach to vaccine distribution incorporating economic and cultural considerations


Gary Oxman, MD, MPH has served as Health Officer for the Multnomah County Health Department in Portland Oregon since 1987. He attended the University of Washington and received an MPH with an emphasis in health services in 1990.  Dr. Oxman is Board Certified in General Preventive Medicine/Public Health, and was a 1993 Public Health Service Primary Care Policy Fellow. During his career, he has been involved in a variety of public health issues including prevention and control of communicable diseases, access to health care, Emergency Medical Services, drug overdose deaths, environmental health, chronic disease prevention, and many others.  In recent years, he has worked extensively on local public health and health system emergency preparedness. 

Kathryn Richer, MA  began her work in public health in 1992.  She has worked in a variety of programs, including the Connections Program for Young Parents, and the Violence Prevention Program.  In March of 2002 she entered the field of emergency preparedness, serving as Associate to the Multnomah County Health Department’s Emergency Preparedness Program Manager.  The program’s goal is to ensure that the Health Department and its agency and health community partners have the capacity to effectively respond to the health impacts of emergencies.  In the fall of 2004 she accepted the position of Healthcare Preparedness Liaison for Oregon Healthcare Preparedness Region 1.  Her current work is to plan for large-scale health emergencies so that the community can respond effectively and efficiently to protect the public’s health across a six-county area.

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Meeting time: Aug 23, 2011 2:00 PM (EDT) 

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